Div. 1- East Distract Preview (Reg. 10, 15, 20)

This district does not always get the credit that it deserves. There is talent throughout but when the winner makes it to Grand Junction they have seemed to fall short. Despite multiple teams making it multiple times. There has not been a National Title or National Runner Up in the past 20 years.

 Monroe has gone in 2019 and 2018; Florence Darlington Tech took a trip in 2017; Harford went in 2016; USC Sumter went in 2015; Spartanburg Methodist went three straight years in 2014, 2013, and 2012; Rounding out the decade Potomac State made there one trip over the past decade.

Now despite the National Championship drought from the region as with every other region/district the tallent is at an all time high. It is lead by:

Harford’s- Reyce Curnane, Ajay Sczepkowski, Caleb Musco, and Mason Hicks

Florence Darlington Tech’s- JT Marr, Charlie Corum, Tyliss Roper, and Hunter Parks

Monroe’s- Christopher Martinez, Jose Martinez, and Jason Diaz

Louisburg’s- Trendon Craig

Potomac State’s- Zach Whitacre, Ashton Staubs, and Dale Houser

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Week 2 Recap/Teams of the Week/Players of the Week/Plays of the Week (1/25-1/31)

This week saw a TON of baseball all across the country. Still no rankings this week and we will not have any until the end of February. Until then we will have these recaps mixed with our Players of the Week, Teams of the Week, and Recap of our “Series” of the previous week.

Tournament of Champions Recap

1/29

1/30

1/31

Howard-3 vs #7 Grayson-17

#3 McLennan-18 vs Howard-10

Navarro-3 vs #7 Grayson-9

Odessa-1 vs #10 San Jac-8

Weatherford-7 vs Alvin-1

Alvin-4 vs #7 Grayson-5

#3 McLennan-6 vs Alvin-11

Weatherford-3 vs Odessa-2

Navarro-9 vs Weatherford-12

#3 McLennan-3 vs Odessa-1

#3 McLennan-17 vs #10 San Jac-8

Weatherford-10vs #10 San Jac-12

Howard-10 vs #10 San Jac-7

Navarro-21 vs Howard-11

Odessa-4 vs #7 Grayson-7

Navarro-8 vs Alvin-0

Tournament Rankings

Rank

Team

W

L

PF

PA

P

1

#7 Grayson

4

0

38

14

11

2

#10 San Jac

3

1

35

38

10

3

Weatherford

3

1

32

24

6

4

#3 McLennan

3

1

44

30

5

5

Howard

1

3

34

63

-3

6

Navarro

2

2

41

32

-4

7

Alvin

1

3

16

25

-5

8

Odessa

0

4

8

18

-13

Before you Criticize the rankings which we know people are going to do regardless, the final standings above are calculated on the weight of each win. Hence why even though Navarro wen 2-2 and Howard was 1-3, Howards 1 win (#10 San Jac)  was worth more than both of Navarro's wins (Alvin and Howard). Yes, Navarro beat Howard but were going off the strength of the wins vs actual list for those standings. 

If you are looking, that was the biggest surprise that would have to be Weatherford. Coming in there were a lot of questions we felt needed to be answered when it came to them. On paper they were good but would that translate to the field? And other than the one loss to San Jac to close up the weekend they proved to be better then what we gave them credit for. Their combo of X Factor bats and High End Arms are going to be a big reason why they can continue to be successful this season. 

The team that “Won” the Weekend was Grayson going 4-0 with wins over Howard, Odessa, Navarro, and Alvin. They scored an average of 9.5 runs a game while allowing just 3.5 runs. Coming into the weekend Grayson was one of two teams that had played games before this weekend. With very few questions to be answered about them they answered them as loud as possible. With a line up that seems to have no holes, as well as arms that never seem to end, this team looks to be as complete as anyone in the country at this point. 

With more games being played this week we debated having an updated ranking but still decided to hold off until more have the chance to play. 

Division 1

#1 Southern Nevada started their season off going 3-1 with a loss to close the weekend to Salt Lake 15-3

#2 Wabash Valley starts their season February 13th.

#3 McLennan Competed in the Tournament of Champions going 3-1 with a loss to Alvin to start the weekend

#4 John A. Logan starts their season this week against Morton on Wednesday the 3rd

#5 Walters State went 3-0 outsourcing USC Salkehatchie 37-0

#6 Northwest Florida State went 2-0 with wins over Coastal Alabama-Brewton and Pensacola State

#7 Grayson went 4-0 at the Tournament of Champions

#8 Iowa Western Starts their season February 27th

#9 Johnson County starts their season February 12th

#10 San Jac went 3-1 at the Tournament of Champions

Division 2

#1 LSU-Eunice went 3-0 

#2 Pearl River starts their season this week against East Central on Wednesday the 3rd

#3 NOC-Tonkawa starts their season this week against Hesston on Tuesday the 2nd

#4 Heartland starts their season February 27th

#5 Lansing starts their season March 16th 

#6 Kirkwood starts their season February 27th

#7 Hinds starts their season this weekend against Southwest Mississippi 

#8 Kellogg starts their season on March 12th

#9 Northeast Mississippi went 1-1 with a lost to East Mississippi

#10 Mercer County

Division 3

Only 2 Division 3 top 10 teams played this week

#1 Tyler went 2-0 against Centenary (10-1, 9-5)

#10 Coastal Bend went 2-2; Two Losses against Western Texas (13-4, 7-6); and two wins against Ranger (5-1, 12-5)

Other Notable Weeks

Cleveland County-1-0 This week marking the first ever program win 12-2 vs Surry

UA-Rich Mountain-1-2, Despite going 1-2 this week they also got their first ever Program win 8-4 vs Paris

Team of the Week
#12 Chipola (4-0)

Chipola claims our team of the week honors for week 2. With two wins over Coastal Alabama-Monroeville and two wins over #23 Wallace-Dothan. 

They kicked off their week with a 10-3 win over Wallace-Dothan. This game was lead by Lyle Miller-Green (3-3, BB, RBI, 2B, 3 R), and Alfonso Villalobos (1-3, 3 RBI, HR, 3 R) at the plate while Andrew Baker and Jaylen Nowlin (UA-Birmingham Commit) did their jobs on the mound combining for 13 K’s with only 1 hit. 

In the next two games they took on Coastal, In game 1 they won it 8-4 behind the bats of Dylan Goldstein (1-2, 3 RBI, HR, 1 R) and Mark Black (2-3, 3 RBI, HR, 1 R). In their second game they won it 5-2 behind the relief efforts of Bo Bonds (UL-Lafayette Commit) who went 3 innings striking out 9 with no hits.

To close out their week they took the last game vs Wallace-Dothan 12-2. This looked to be a complete team effort at the plate with 4 individuals all with multiple RBI’s (Myle Austin 2, Mark Black 2, Matthew Garcia 2, Cesar Franco 2)

Honorable Mentions
Grayson (4-0)-Wins vs Howard (17-3), Odessa (7-4), Navarro (9-3), Alvin (5-4)
East Mississippi (2-0)- Wins vs Itawamba (9-3), #9 Northeast Mississippi (3-2)

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Div. 1- East Distract Preview (Reg. 10, 15, 20)

For the past two years, the East District has been represented by Monroe. In 2018, they made their first trip to Grand Junction with a 34-16-1 record. In 2019, they made it back with a 33-19 record, after starting off the season on the wrong foot after arguable the toughest start to the season in the country playing top teams from Texas, and Louisiana.

Past Winners: ‘19 Monroe, ‘18 Monroe, ‘17 Florence Darlington Tech, ‘16 Harford

As always this district will be interesting to watch. With the usual powers reloaded and the rest of the teams looking to climb to the top. This is another District that has both the Pre-Season Pitcher and Player of the Year on the same team. Both Hunter Baker (Charlotte) and Jermain Vanheyningen of Florence-Darlington take those two spots.

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